LADA and Swiss Live Art

LADA is working with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council on a three-year initiative (2018-20) to raise the profile of Swiss Live Art in the UK and contribute to the development of exchanges and collaborations between artists and promoters in the UK and Switzerland.

LADA’s plans include –

  • The co-ordination of a research trip to Switzerland by twelve members of the Live Art UK network in April 2019 to see work and meet with artists and presenters with a view to gaining an understanding of the Swiss Live Art scene and developing future presentations and commissions of work in the UK. We are delighted to be collaborating with L’Abri in Geneva and Gessnerallee in Zurich on hosting these gatherings of artists and presenters.
  • The acquisition of documentation, publications and other materials by Swiss artists to create a LADA Study Room Guide on Swiss Live Art to be published in 2020.
  • Collaborations with Artsadmin, Fierce Festival and other UK presenters on contextualising programmes of talks and events relating to the work of key Swiss artists.
  • Hosting four artist research residencies in LADA’s Study Room in 2019 and 2020.

The first two Study Room residencies will be undertaken by the Basel based artist and member of PANCH (Performance Art Network CH) Andrea Saemann in October 2019, and by the Zurich based artist Ivan/Ivy Monteiro in July 2019.

Andrea will use her residency to look at questions of documentation and archives and the relation of contemporary performance artists with their remnants or artworks outside of the live moment itself. Ivan/Ivy will use their residency to deepen their research into concepts such as ancestrality, prostitution, race, metaphysical connections whilst also engaging with artists in the UK.

Both artists will be writing blogs and giving presentations about their work and their research during their residencies. Please look out for announcements of these residencies and details of other initiatives around Swiss Live Art.

Read Ivy's public presentation about their work and issues of queer spirituality and Afrofuturism, which was hosted at LADA in July 2019.